Andrew Tiller picked a good weekend to visit Syracuse and see a Carrier Dome crowd at it's most pumped-up. Now where does the Orange stand?
Andrew Tiller is down to three: Syracuse, Rutgers, and Miami. All three schools are running neck-in-neck for this junior college road-grader tackle, an instant upgrade to any offensive line.
Tiller said he enjoyed his weekend visit to in-state Syracuse, a day trip from his Long Island hometown of Central Islip. For the past two years, Tiller has honed his skills at Nassau Community College. This past season, he was listed as 6'6", 320.
Tiller was in for a treat, picking the right weekend to visit Central New York. More than 30,000 fans packed the Carrier Dome for the basketball game against Notre Dame. While watching an exciting victory by the Orange, Andrew's eyes wandered, and he pictured a big crowd for football.
"I kind of imagined it being filled," said Tiller, who said he liked the loud atmosphere.
Head coach Doug Marrone spoke at halftime, and specifically said he is targeting New York State's best players – players like Andrew Tiller.
"It seemed like he was serious," said Tiller. "He really wants to turn the program around."
Tiller said that the Syracuse coaches told him he would start immediately. He said that he likes all the coaches that he's met – and one he's already familiar with.
John Anselmo is the new secondary coach at Syracuse – and he was Andrew Tiller's coach at NCC. Anselmo left Long Island with a staggering record of 151-38 as head coach. With him, Anselmo brings downstate recruiting connections – and an in with Tiller.
Tiller says he likes Anselmo a lot, but that doesn't put SU over the top as his leader just yet. It's still a three-horse race between SU, Rutgers, and Miami.
"It's up in the air," said Tiller.
- Zach Smalt